Onaway United Methodist
Saturday, February 16, 2019
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Hello and warm wishes,

While I am writing this letter to you, it is snowing outside, and the church parking lot is filled with all white snow. Although I do not like the cold weather, I love watching the snow from indoors - it is so beautiful on the branches! I have learned and experienced northern Michigan's winter. Even though the weather is very cold, with your warmth and caring, J.D. and I have adjusted very well. A few weeks ago, we had the chance to read all the Christmas cards we received this year again before putting in a box. Each card made us happy and warm.

It is already February. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of February? It will soon be Valentine's Day! As I remember, when I go to the grocery store in this season, I easily find all kinds of Valentine's Day themed decorations everywhere - red and pink colored and hearts and love themed gifts. I think that February could be best month to think about "love," which is also the main theme of the Bible.

"Love" is a word that we love; however, "Love" is also a word that sometimes challenges us. We know it is a bountiful and amazing thing; however, we also know it is not easy to do sometimes. First of all, in the season of "Love," I would like to remind you of Jesus' greatest commandment; Love the Lord, Love your neighbors, and Love yourself!!! Additionally, as true worshipers we have discussed how we can worship and please God all the time in our lives. We should let every act of our living bodies be a demonstration that God is our Lord. Take time to reflect on God, who is love. My beloved family, I hope your lives are filled with love as loving and beloved people in Christ.

I will have a week-long spiritual renewal vacation between February 4th -10th. I will have some relaxing spiritual renewal time, but if you have any emergencies, feel free to contact me anytime.

I hope you are careful in this cold as it is a very cold winter, and being especially careful when you drive. I am always praying for your safe travels, especially in this season of snow.

With God's grace, stay warm! 

With love,

Pastor's Challenge:
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;  love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9-10)

P.S. Challenge #2: Say "I love you" or any sweet or warm words to your beloved this month.